I had been searching for great pieces to paint as my stash was low.
Finding pieces in the winter can be a challenge.
People simply are not in clean out mode.
A woman contacted me as she was looking to sell a vanity.
Turns out her daughter wasn’t using it and it was just sitting around taking up space.
Isn’t that a darn shame?
My eyes about fell out of the sockets when I saw the piece she had no use for…
I knew I could help 😉
This vanity was pretty amazing.
Check out all he intricate carved details and amazing legs.
She also came with a HUGE mirror that attached to the back of the vanity…I will show you that later.
I was pretty much in love with her from the second I laid eyes on her.
I wanted to enhance all those amazing details and really make them pop so I decided to paint her in Miss Mustard Seed’s Ironstone Milk Paint – this is the purest white in her line and I thought it would suit her well.
It took many coats of Ironstone to get the opaque coverage I desired – maybe 5 or so.
When I mixed the paint, I decided to be cautious and add plenty of Bonding Agent so that she wouldn’t chip.
Well…I painted her one day and then let her fully dry overnight.
The next day I came out the garage to see how she was looking and I about cried.
She has chipped a TON all over the piece.
This wasn’t my original plan so I was kind of upset at first.
I had two options at this point…sand her down very well and repaint again having no idea of what would happen OR go with chippy.
Milk Paint can be unpredictable sometimes…this is case in point.
I didn’t suspect any issues as the wood on the piece almost looked raw with no finish at all.
It was an unexpected result…
so I decided that she just wanted to be chippy so I would let her be chippy.
I took a putty knife and gently ran it all over the piece focusing upon the chipped details and hard to reach details – the goal here was to remove the loose chips that were on the piece.
This helped greatly and then I was able to take a sanding sponge and sand her smooth all over.
When I was done, I sealed up the entire vanity in Clear Wax.
I debated using a more heavy duty sealer like shellac, but I was fairly certain there was no more chipping that would happen.
So I sealed it up and stood back to really check her out….
I think chippy was the right choice.
Here she is for sale at Fresh Vintage by Amy in Strasburg, PA where I sell some of my pieces…check out that breathtaking mirror!
(Photo credit – Annie Quigley of LaneyBell Designs)
She sold in just days.
I suppose sometimes furniture know exactly what is best for it.
We just need to listen.